How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting market furnish precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique site hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most site hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain)
Are you becoming puzzled? We categorically are!
Downside No.2: The same email folder system
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Negative Side Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain management options
Do we need to bring up the complete shortage of a modern domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weakness No.4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting CP sections to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a great idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...